In recent days, several lockdown restrictions have eased in England. Since April 12, non-essential stores and gyms have been allowed to reopen after months of closure. Hospitality businesses, such as restaurants and pubs, were also allowed to serve people outdoors, with the rule of six outdoors being implemented again.
In February 2021, the Prime Minister presented his ‘road map’ for getting England out of lockdown this year.
Mr Johnson stressed that the easing of the lockdown would be based on “data, not dates,” but gave rough estimates of when the measures could be facilitated if the data allowed.
The easing of lockdown measures will depend on a number of factors, including the continued success of the UK vaccine rollout program.
However, if the spread of COVID-19 is kept under control, all lockdown restrictions are expected to end by the end of June 2021.
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As of May 17, the six or two household rule is expected to revert to interior settings.
Government guidelines say that at the latest in Step 3 there will be an update to “Tips on Social Distancing with Friends and Family, Including Cuddling”.
Hospitality businesses, including pubs, bars and restaurants, may reopen.
Unlike previous closures, curfews and the requirement to serve alcohol with heavy meals will no longer be implemented.
Indoor entertainment, such as cinemas and children’s play centers, may also reopen.
May 17 could also see the return of some larger sporting performances and events, with restrictions.
Up to 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and vigils and other important life events, including bar mitzvahs and baptisms.
Businesses considered high risk, such as nightclubs, are not expected to reopen on that date.
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This notice was published: 2021-04-18 19:51:00